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2013 Legislative Session
7:14 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Bill Would Allow Quarantine Of Kansans With HIV/AIDS (UPDATED)

Updated March 29, 2:29 p.m.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment sent a news release Friday to address concerns about the substitute in House bill 2183 regarding infectious and contagious diseases.

In the release, Kansas state epidemiologist Charles Hunt says recent media coverage has been based on a false premise and that "it is not and never was the state's intent to seek the authority for isolation or quarantine of persons related to HIV."

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Government
6:27 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Group Delivers 2,800 Signatures Asking Brownback To Expand Medicaid

Supporters of a Medicaid expansion sign a poster before delivering it to the governor's office.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Supporters of expanding Medicaid delivered nearly 3,000 signatures to Gov. Sam Brownback's office Wednesday, asking him to support an expansion of the state's Medicaid program.

Anna Lambertson is with a coalition of organizations pushing for Medicaid expansion. She spoke during a rally at the Statehouse.

“We could bring more health care related jobs to Kansas, and improve the health of our workforce," she said. "Healthy workers, as I’m sure you know already, mean a productive workforce. That’s good for our employers and for our state."

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Environment
5:55 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Panel Addresses Questions About Wichita's Water Future

This Drought Monitor image shows the severity of drought across the High Plains.
Credit droughtmonitor.unl.edu

A Water Usage and Conservation meeting was held Tuesday at Wichita’s Central Library, organized by the League of Women Voters. A three-member panel addressed questions about the future of Wichita's water supply including concerns about Cheney Reservoir.

Cheney provides 60 percent of the city's water supply and if the drought continues is projected to run dry by August 2015.

“We are going into a three year drought," says Ben Nelson, Strategic Services Manager for Wichita’s Public Works & Utilities Department.

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News
5:38 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Top Morning News 3.28.13

Signatures delivered to Brownback in support of Medicaid expansion; Wichita Senator says we must keep the sales tax rate as is; Study says medical costs could increase after overhaul.

Group Delivers 2,700 Signatures Asking Brownback To Expand Medicaid

Supporters of expanding Medicaid delivered nearly 3,000 signatures to Gov. Sam Brownback's office Wednesday, asking him to support an expansion of the state's Medicaid program.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Movie Review: Spring Breakers

Credit rottentomatoes.com

Spring Breakers will owe its box office success to its continual shots of bosoms and bottoms, not always covered by bikinis.

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Education
6:02 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Senate Amends Reading Plan

Kansas senators have approved a heavily amended version of Gov. Sam Brownback's reading initiative, putting the focus on first-graders.

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Courts
3:42 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Brownback Signs Judicial Selection Bill

Governor Sam Brownback Wednesday signed a bill that changes the way some judges in Kansas are selected.

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Taxes
3:39 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Tax Negotiators Begin Meetings

A select group of lawmakers from the Kansas House and Senate started negotiations on tax legislation Wednesday.

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Transportation
1:24 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Wichita Transit Adds 4 New Buses To Its Fleet

Wichita officials ushered four new transit buses into service Wednesday.

Mayor Carl Brewer and Wichita Transit Director Steve Spade joined city council members and others for the "inaugural ride."

City council members approved a plan Tuesday to purchase as many as 20 buses in the next two years to upgrade the aging fleet of 56 buses. The transit center's fleet travels nearly 2 million miles annually, and it's one of the oldest in the region.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:58 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Budget Item Would Assist Kan. Hospitals

Hospitals in Kansas could lose some federal money if the state doesn't expand Medicaid services under the federal health care law. A lawmaker helping to draft the budget says the state needs to consider assisting those hospitals.

Many hospitals receive payments to help them cover the cost of medical care for the uninsured; they are known as disproportionate shared hospital payments. As the federal health care law continues, the focus will move to funding more Medicaid services, meaning the current disproportionate share funds could be reduced or completely eliminated. 

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